‘Hey Mummy look at that magpie in our yard.’
‘I don’t think that’s a magpie…it looks more like a crow. I’m not sure what that bird is.’
Just looking out my window now I can see a flock of at least ten rosellas in a nearby tree, a cockatoo has just joined them and two currawongs jump from branch to branch on a neighbouring tree.
We are so very blessed to have these exquisite birds share the space we live.
Now you know I love an opportunity to find out a little more about something. So Jack (4yrs) Sarah (27 mths) and I set about trying to identify which birds live in our neighbourhood.
We wanted to invite them in so we could see them more clearly. I suggested we make a bird feeder. Jack jumped straight into hammering, carefully carefully hammering each nail into an old pot saucer. Then they both scooped in the birdseed. A little water and our feeder was ready. Now all we needed to do was wait.
It wasn’t long before the rosellas spied our delicious treats. They have visited everyday. It’s interesting to watch them eat, Jack noticed that they dig through the seed with their beaks, tossing out some seeds, and searching for others.
And they are a messy bunch!
So far we’ve been doing lots of quiet sitting and observing; watching how the birds eat, how they move around the feeder, how they land and how they fly away. We also talked about the differences between the magpie and the pied currawong, and also noticed that there were two different kinds of rosellas.
I placed the bird feeder right outside our playroom door so Jack and Sarah can easily see when a new friend pops by for a snack.
This was the first time Jack had worked with watercolour pencils. He really liked them. He drew these two beautiful birds and has asked for the pencils everyday since. He’s still very much exploring what the pencils can do but he is enjoying the process. All the while talking about his drawings, giving me little insights into how much he is learning.
Sarah said she was painting birds too. People often ask what Sarah does while Jack is doing project work….Sarah does project work too. I don’t like giving her a busy activity to distract her while Jack gets on with the important work. She is as much a part of this learning as Jack.
Sarah can identify a cockatoo, a magpie and a rosella. She knows that birds eat seeds. She knows that birds like to sit in trees and that they sing a beautiful song.
Jack’s been asking what else birds eat, having noticed some birds carrying berries….I think this might be a next turn with this project…what do birds eat naturally?